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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 517-10
June 22, 2010

Flag Officer Assignments

                Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead announced today the following assignments:

                Rear Adm. (lower half) Michael H. Anderson will be assigned as medical inspector general, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C. Anderson is currently serving as fleet surgeon, U.S. Pacific Fleet / command surgeon, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii.

                Rear Adm. (lower half) Thomas L. Brown II will be assigned as commander, Special Operations Command, U.S. Southern Command, Miami, Fla. Brown is currently serving as deputy commander, Special Operations Command Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.

                Rear Adm. (lower half) James F. Caldwell Jr., who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Caldwell is currently serving as commander, Submarine Group Nine, Silverdale, Wash.

               Rear Adm. (lower half) James G. Foggo III will be assigned as director, plans and operations, U.S. Naval Forces Europe - Sixth Fleet/deputy commander, Sixth Fleet/commander, submarines, Allied Naval Forces South/commander, Submarine Group Eight, Naples, Italy. Foggo is currently serving as executive officer, Supreme Allied Command, Europe, Stuttgart, Germany.

               Rear Adm. (lower half) Anthony E. Gaiani will be assigned as commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia / commander, Maritime Air Forces, Europe, Naples, Italy. Gaiani is currently serving as commander, Navy Region Midwest, Great Lakes, Ill.

                Capt. Michael M. Gilday, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as director of operations, Joint Forces Command Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. Gilday is currently assigned as the executive assistant to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

               Rear Adm. (lower half) Robert Hennegan will be assigned as commander, Submarine Group Nine, Silverdale, Wash. Hennegan is currently serving as deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

                Rear Adm. (lower half) Michelle J. Howard, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as chief of staff, J5, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C. Howard is currently serving as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Va.

                Rear Adm. Douglas J. McAneny will be assigned as commandant, National War College, National Defense University, Washington, D.C. McAneny is currently serving as commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

                Rear Adm. John G. Messerschmidt, will be assigned as director of assessments and analysis, ECJ7 / EUCOM advisor on reserve component affairs, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany. Messerschmidt is currently serving as commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command, Norfolk, Va.

                Capt. Frederick J. Roegge, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral (lower half), will be assigned as deputy commander, Joint Functional Component Command for Global Strike, U.S. Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. Roegge is currently serving as assistant deputy director for regional operations, J3, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.

                Rear Adm. (lower half) Kevin D. Scott will be assigned as commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two, Norfolk, Va. Scott is currently serving as deputy director, Expeditionary Warfare, N85B, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, Washington, D.C.

                Rear Admiral (lower half) Clifford S. Sharpe will be assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Eight, Norfolk, Va. Sharpe is currently serving as commander, Naval Service Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

                Rear Adm. David J. Smith will be assigned as chief medical advisor, International Security Assistance Force, Afghanistan. Smith is currently serving as Joint Staff surgeon, Joint Staff, Washington, D.C.